The Career Development program at Woodleigh School supports students in clarifying career aspirations, investigating career options, and developing 21st-century skills and capabilities. According to age and stage, career education is integrated within the curriculum with attention focused at each year level.

In Year 7 & 8, students are exposed to Government priority areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and developing digital capabilities.

In Year 9, students are introduced to the world of work, focussing on building interview and job application skills. They are introduced to workplace rights and financial literacy.

In Year 10, students participate in an extensive Career Development program. Within this, students identify their skills and capabilities and complete Morrisby testing. They are interviewed by the Director of Careers, where particular emphasis is placed upon selecting appropriate subjects in preparation for tertiary study or employment.

At Year 11, students participate in an Industry Tour Immersion program tailored to their career goals and aspirations. Within this program, we engage with our industry partners to give students first-hand experience of what a job entails.

At Year 12, students are supported with consolidating their goals beyond Woodleigh. Each student is supported with completing applications to Apprenticeships/Traineeships, TAFE and University. Students can also gain assistance with GAP year opportunities, Interstate and International applications, SEAS and Scholarships.

Forward Thinking: Selecting an appropriate course

In the Middle School offerings, our elective programs are deliberately designed to allow students to explore a range of different subjects. Students are encouraged to keep options open and choose broadly across all learning areas.

The VCE is designed to be a two-year program and the following questions should be used to guide student choice:

  • What subjects interest me most?
  • In which studies am I most likely to succeed?
  • What Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority (VCAA) requirements must I meet to complete my VCE, either scored or unscored?
  • What studies are available at Woodleigh School?
  • What VET studies should I consider?
  • What prerequisite and recommended studies do I need to undertake for a particular career pathway? (To check the most up to date VTAC information, visit
  • What advice have I received from my parents/guardians, teachers and the careers counsellor?
  • What co-curricular opportunities should I consider which will support my career development?

Students may select a program that has a specific orientation or one that has a more general focus. Whilst aside from English or Literature being a compulsory requirement, students are encouraged to study the most challenging level they can cope with (to ensure that many tertiary options are opened). The school strongly recommends that students select at least two units of Mathematics where possible. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to maintain studying a language if possible. All students are encouraged to select a program tailored to their passions as the most exciting and challenging way of completing VCE.

Woodleigh School also offers students access to Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates as part of their subject offerings. In addition, students can complete a School-Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship.

To learn more about Careers at Woodleigh, visit our Woodleigh Careers website. If you have further questions, contact the Director of Careers, Shannon Maher, at or call 5971 6100.